Devils Drop Sixth in a Row

The Arizona State Sun Devils dropped their sixth straight game to rival Arizona Wildcats in a non-conference math-up Wednesday evening, 11-5. The Sun Devil pitching staff was pounded for 11 runs on 17 hits including three homeruns. Sun Devil starter Tony Barnette (1-1) was handed the loss after allowing five runs on six hits in just 1.2 innings of work. The Devils bullpen didn't do much better allowing six runs in the final 6.1 innings in the loss.

Pre-season All American Jeff Larish belted two homeruns for the Devils to bring his season total to four. Unfortunately both homeruns were solo shots and Larish finished the day with just two RBI. Fellow senior Tuffy Gosewisch went 2-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI. Second baseman Joe Persichina was the only other Devil to finish the day with a multi- hit game, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Larish, Gosewisch, and Persichina accounted for six of the Devils nine hits while the rest of the lineup failed to produce at the plate. Junior Pre-season All American Travis Buck continued to struggle, going 0-for-5 with three men left on base. In all the Devils left 10 runners on base and failed to come through with clutch hits.

The Wildcats hitters were just the opposite in clutch situations tonight, scoring nine of their 11 runs with two outs in the inning. Catcher Nick Hundley hit his fourth homerun of the season and finished the night 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Centerfielder Chris Frey also had a great night at the plate going 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI including his first homerun of the season. The other Wildcat to go deep was third baseman Brad Boyer who also finished the day with three hits while scoring two runs. The number one through five hitters for the Cats combined to go 11-for-23 with nine runs scored and accounted for eight of the Wildcats 11 RBI.

Pat Murphy's squad looks to get back on track this Friday when they play nationally ranked Baylor Bears in game one of a three game weekend series. The game is set for a 6:30 p.m. start time at Packard Stadium in Tempe.

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